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Vijay backs 'world-class' Kohli

Virat Kohli has struggled badly against Australia, but Murali Vijay says it's "a matter of time" before that changes.

News 18 Mar 2017, 21:43 IST
Virat Kohli - cropped
India captain Virat Kohli

Murali Vijay is confident Virat Kohli's lean streak will not continue for much longer, after India's captain failed again on day three of the third Test with Australia in Ranchi.

Kohli came into the home series with Australia in supreme form, having compiled double-hundreds in four consecutive series against West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

However, he has managed just 46 runs in five innings against Steve Smith's side - his poor form continuing on Saturday when he fell to the impressive Pat Cummins for just six.

Responding to a question over Kohli's form in a news conference, opener Vijay said: "He's a world-class player and to judge any player on two or three innings is unfair, I feel.

"It's just a matter of time for him to get back in the runs and I think it will be sooner rather than later."

Vijay made 82 in India's first innings, sharing 102 with Cheteshwar Pujara, whose unbeaten 130 guided India to stumps on 360-6 in reply to Australia's 451 all out.

Much could now depend on whether India are able to secure a first-innings lead and Vijay is optimistic.

Asked if India can get in front, Vijay replied: "Definitely. "[Wriddhiman] Saha has got a [Test] hundred and obviously [Ravindra] Jadeja as well has got tonnes of runs in domestic cricket.

"Pujara was rock-solid - hopefully he can put up a good show tomorrow [Sunday] as well, it will be great for us in the first session. And I think he will do it for us."

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